Deborah Henry took to the runway at age 15 before she finished school and traveled the world before pursuing a degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of Queensland. She was later invited to join Miss World and Miss Universe Malaysia where she did her country proud – Deborah placed in the top 15 at the 2007 Miss World.
Her travel experiences and upbringing have contributed to her passion in helping disadvantaged communities. Over the past nine years, she has carried out extensive humanitarian work. In her role as World Vision’s Children’s Rights advocate, she has visited Syrian refugee settlements in Lebanon and has advocated for refugee rights on behalf of UNHCR Malaysia.
In 2009, she co-founded a non-profit education hub for over 160 students from Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Palestine. Her work on children’s, education and refugee rights has been recognized overseas. In 2013, she was named as one of Forbes Top 48 Philanthropists.